This is evident as the first line of the second stanza says ‘In bewilderment then he almost stopped-‘. This shows that the soldier is purposeless and doesn’t know what to do next unlike a soldier should be. This is displayed in further as the soldier is ‘Listening between his footfalls for the reason of his still running,’. Similarly, in next to of course god america i, starts to become confused on whether or not it is a good idea for soldiers to go to war. This is shown with the use of the oxymoron ‘happy dead’ and the ambiguous line ‘they did not stop to think they
South What is a “red badge of courage”? When the main character of the book encounters a number of soldiers walking back to the rear, he is envious of them. Why? Yes, because he is still having thoughts of running away from the battle Did the youth run away from the battle? Yes What was the youth doing when he was injured?
The tattered man was very persistent in asking where Henry was hurt. This made Henry feel bad because he wasn't really hurt, but he didn't want to tell him that. He wished he was hurt and had a ¨red badge of courage¨ so it would be acceptable that he ran away. By doing all these things, Henry tried to make himself feel better about what he did and tried to make his actions okay. Another fact proving Henry is guilty of running is that he went into the war scared that he was going to run.
The repetition is used in order to show the fear in the men. This scene constantly goes through their head as they fearfully await their fate. This misleading of fate, in their minds, serves as emotional baggage that the men must sustain. Another emotional load that the men have to "hump" is the longing to be with loved ones. In the Vietnam War, many young men were forced to leave their wives and families to fight for a questionable cause.
The feel of the story has a mournful feel when Birch is mentioned in the novel. He is a member of Teague’s Home Guard group that is depicted in the novel as a boy with a good heart that is coming to realize the horrors of war. The boy does not want to be a part of the killing that occurs within the group, but knows he cannot leave them or else he might be look like a traitor. He feels remorse for those who are killed, and wishes he does not have to do any killing of his own. The feel of the story in the novel is really affected when Birch shoots Inman in the end and cannot believe what he has done.
Arriving When Father Vincent says “Fear is a journey, a terrible journey, but sorrow is at least an arriving,” he means that uncertainty can sometimes be worse than knowing bad news because at least there is solidity with knowledge. This quote not only applies to Cry, the Beloved Country but the world in general, for it's the universal theme of the book. In Cry, the Beloved Country, the main character, Umfundisi Stephen Kumalo, is on a journey for the whole of the book. He's on a quest to not only find his son and sister but find out why the world works the way it does. It is a horrible journey, and one that seems to have no end.
In chapters seven, eight, and nine, of the Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane the main character, Henry Fleming, is wrestling with his conscience, guilt, shame, and whether or not he is courageous. Henry has run from a battle and is now debating if he did what was right for himself and his fellow soldiers. Guilt is the main emotion that Henry is wrestling with; throughout these chapters he projects his feelings of guilt onto inanimate objects which he then perceives to be judging him. The objects cannot see Henry nor are they judging him; Henry is judging himself because he ran from the battle. The youth can’t decide if he is a coward or if he is courageous.
His biggest fear is being attacked by the enemy and the thought of deserting occurs to him more then once. Eventually he becomes friends with two soldiers, a tall man named Jim Conklin, and a loud man named Wilson. When they hear rumors that the Confederates are attacking, Henry asks Jim and Wilson how they’ll do. Jim isn’t worried and believes they “won’t be the best, but certainly not the worst of the regiments.” Wilson says he would never run under any circumstances. When Henry gets caught in the middle of the charging soldiers, he realizes there is no where to run even if he wanted to.
Men in the Vietnam War go through different actions like being ambushed and attacking the enemy which may make them feel different emotionally. These men deal with everyday death and other horrific conditions of the war. The soldiers in the novel The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien, have been put through emotional and physical situations in and out of the battle field. To keep themselves from breaking into post traumatic stress or any other kind of emotion, the men joke about death instead of letting it have an effect on them, feel misplaced anger, and ponder over memories to help remember good things. When feeling down one may feel a need to laugh and make jokes about the bad or good situations that are happening.
This seizing of the flag is Henry’s ultimate rite of passage. He discards his terrified and cautious childhood and becomes an experienced, courageous individual. In conclusion, Henry’s rite of passage is, generally, the Civil War. It teaches him the hardships of life and draws out the courage deep down within his soul. Henry, at first, is timid and anxious about his potential and what would the others think about him.